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Top tips to avoid crowds
To avoid crowds at the National Maritime Museum, prefer visiting it on a weekday: weekends always see a bigger number of visitors. Monday and Friday tend to be the calmest days of the week.
For a better visitor experience, avoid peak hours at the Royal Museums of Greenwich: those generally fall on 1-3pm. At the same time if you get up early and will be on place at the opening - it will never be very crowded even during the busiest periods. Same goes for late afternoon: the last hour before the museum’s closing time is another good option to avoid high season’s crowds.
August is the busiest month at the museum, definitely to avoid! It’s followed (in terms of visitors) by the months of July, April, March, school holidays (especially Easter ones) and public holidays. If you want to visit the National Maritime museum at its calmest - do it in November or December (except for holidays’ period), there will be 3 times less visitors than in summer! Out of summer months June is definitely the quietest one.
The Peter Harrison Planetarium
Planetarium shows attract many visitors and, as there’s a limited number of seats, pre-booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment: you can check the shows and book your tickets here. Tickets can be bought online until midnight the day before your visit, or on-site, or by calling 020 8312 6608 up to 2 hours before the show (open 09.00–16.00, Monday–Friday).
We advise you to arrive on place at least 10 mins before the show’s starting time, especially if your visit falls on a weekend or holiday; as latecomers cannot be admitted.
National Maritime Museum: opening hours, admission fees
- National Maritime Museum is open every day from 10am to 5pm.
- Closed on 24-26 of December.
- Admission is free. Charges may apply to some special exhibitions and events.
National Maritime Museum
Photo credits to Elliott Brown via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Royal Museums Greenwich: Opening times
- Queen’s House, Royal Observatory (including Planetarium), Cutty Sark: open every day from 10am to 5pm.
- All the venues are closed on 24-26th of December.
- Planetarium is closed on the first Tuesday of every month for maintenance (except August and during Easter).
- Last admission at 4pm for Cutty Sark, at 4.30pm for Queen’s House and Royal Observatory.
Royal Museums Greenwich: admission fees
Queen’s House: free admission.
Royal Observatory (Astronomy Centre): free admission.
Royal Observatory (with Flamsteed House and the Meridian Courtyard):
- Adult: £9.50;
- Child (age 5-15): £5;
- Concessions: £7.50;
- Family (2 adluts, up to 2 children): £22;
- Family (1 adult, up to 2 children): £15.
- Adult: £7.50;
- Child (age 3-15): £5.50;
- Concessions: £6.50;
- Family (2 adluts, up to 2 children): £20;
- Family (1 adult, up to 2 children): £15.50.
Astro Ticket (Royal Observatory + planetarium):
- Adult: £12.50;
- Child: £6.50;
- Concessions: £9.50;
- Family (2 adluts, up to 2 children): £27.50;
- Family (1 adult, up to 2 children): £18.50.
- Adult: £13.50;
- Child: £7;
- Concessions: £11.50;
- Family (2 adluts, up to 2 children): £35;
- Family (1 adult, up to 2 children): £24.
Combo ticket (Cutty Sark + Royal Observatory):
- Adult: £18.50;
- Child: £8.50;
- Concessions: £15.50;
- Family (2 adluts, up to 2 children): £43;
- Family (1 adult, up to 2 children): £28.
- By train: Greenwich Rail Station
- By DLR: Cutty Sark (Maritime Greenwich) DLR Station
- By boat: Greenwich Pier
- By bus: National Maritime Museum bus stop (route 188)
Photo credits to Les Chatfield via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)